Today January 31, 2014; Vijaya Thai Thiruvonam, there was Sravana Purappadu and Thirumanjanam for Swami Desikan at Uthira Veedhi Poundarikapuram Swami Desikan Sannidhi. Swami Desikan’s purappadu usually takes place in the evenings every Sravanam but today it took place at 7 am as Thiruvaymozhi Thirunal is going on at Sriranga Nachiyar Sannidhi. Periya Piratti’s purappadu is at 4 pm. and satrumurai is between 8-9 pm after which She returns to Moolasthanam at 9.30 pm. Sravanam is a holy nakshatram for Sri Vaishnavas as it is the constellation chosen by SrimanNarayana but more so because it is the nakshatram chosen by Swami Desikan for avatharam. The question arises if an Acharyan is greater than Perumal? Yes is the answer, for it is the Acharyan who takes us to the feet of Perumal and Piratti. So the debt we owe to our Acharya can never be repaid. Such being the case what can we do for our Acharyan? Swami Desikan says all we can do is to remember the upakarams done by Acharya, fold our hands in pranamam and prostrate at their feet. Swami Desikan’s contribution to our Sampradhya is limitless and to remember Swami who took avatharam at Thoopul on Puratassi Sravanam day. Poundarikapuram ashram has a purappadu every Sravanam followed by Thirumanjanam to Lakshmi Hayagriva, Andal and Swami Desikan. It being cold in the morning Swami Desikan was covered with a white muslin shawl before being taken round Uthira Veedhi.Tirumanjanam started at 8 am and when satrumurai, Theertham, SriSathari and Prasada viniyogam (Kesari, sundal, venpongal and pulihore) were over by 9.30 am.
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